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Reflect - a Roam Research knockoff with a few nice features

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Posted by Sarah
Oct 12, 2021 at 09:12 AM

 

Accounts are created on web or, not on, a Mac.
Sorry about that, Apple is now back to save me from my poor choice of attractive font styles and very small type that this Galaxy allowed, and while it’s dull, I kind of wonder how many mistakes like this I’ve made.

Anyway, I set up my account and played with it on an old iPhone.

It’s user friendly, fast and very smooth. It was effortless to create links, start notes, outlines, create a task and a tag. It comes with instructions, but they’re not needed. I get the feeling that this is only a small part of what it’s made for, though.

The outlines indent and outdent with a swipe, and expand and collapse at the bullet on the left.

They also posted their values, also succinct and plainly worded, and it includes a couple of phrases that have come to mean a lot to me over this past year:

“We will end to end encrypt your notes.” and
“We will value simplicity and a beautiful user experience.” 

It looks like they’re off to a busy start, so who knows how things could change over the next 6 months or so. But I think their direction is clear, I think they’re working hard. I definitely appreciate their approach and their effort.

They’re very responsive, and haven’t swamped me with automated emails, which is also different. I really prefer support over discord, but most people probably don’t have that as a priority and that could change too.

I’ll probably take another look at it in a month or so. I just wanted to make that correction and thanks again Steven, for mentioning it. This isn’t something I would have found for some time.

Thank you,
Sarah

 


Posted by Sarah
Oct 12, 2021 at 09:12 AM

 

Accounts are created on web or, not on, a Mac.
Sorry about that, Apple is now back to save me from my poor choice of attractive font styles and very small type that this Galaxy allowed, and while it’s dull, I kind of wonder how many mistakes like this I’ve made.

Anyway, I set up my account and played with it on an old iPhone.

It’s user friendly, fast and very smooth. It was effortless to create links, start notes, outlines, create a task and a tag. It comes with instructions, but they’re not needed. I get the feeling that this is only a small part of what it’s made for, though.

The outlines indent and outdent with a swipe, and expand and collapse at the bullet on the left.

They also posted their values, also succinct and plainly worded, and it includes a couple of phrases that have come to mean a lot to me over this past year:

“We will end to end encrypt your notes.” and
“We will value simplicity and a beautiful user experience.” 

It looks like they’re off to a busy start, so who knows how things could change over the next 6 months or so. But I think their direction is clear, I think they’re working hard. I definitely appreciate their approach and their effort.

They’re very responsive, and haven’t swamped me with automated emails, which is also different. I really prefer support over discord, but most people probably don’t have that as a priority and that could change too.

I’ll probably take another look at it in a month or so. I just wanted to make that correction and thanks again Steven, for mentioning it. This isn’t something I would have found for some time.

Thank you,
Sarah

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 12, 2021 at 12:44 PM

 

Thank you for the update, Sarah!

Steve

 


Posted by steve-rogers
Oct 13, 2021 at 01:21 PM

 

As a Mac-centric user, Reflect looks very interesting. Based on the (very) limited amount of information on the web site, it seems to compete in a niche with Roam/Craft/Logseq. The visual design looks very appealing. However, I won’t be exploring this software for the time being for a few reasons.

1. The developer requires credit card information just to activate a 14 day trial period. I am unwilling to risk this information for an unknown developer or for a piece of software that I have greater familiarity with.

2. Their roadmap page indicates that Reflect has yet to reach feature parity with it’s major competitors, making it difficult to justify the high cost (in my mind).

2. The software is pricey at $160/year (no apparent option for monthly billing). I am perfectly willing to purchase software or pay for subscriptions for quality software (e.g. Tinderbox, Curio, DevonThink) but this price point places Reflect in a top-tier category. As an academic user, I have access to Roam and Craft at $7 and $0 per month, respectively.

It seems to me the developer of Reflect is making a tactical error by making it difficult to onboard new users with the credit card policy and will also be challenged by competing with established competitors with a full suite of features at that premium price. All the same, I’ll keep an eye on Reflect to see how it progresses over time.

 


Posted by satis
Oct 13, 2021 at 01:30 PM

 

Steve I came to give my impressions but you succinctly said everything I was prepared to mention.

 


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